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19. Gary Webb's brand of Investigative Journalism
is as dead as he is. Every American should know this story. /

By Dan Feder
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

June 23, 2005

Click here to go straight to the restored Dark Alliance website.

For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles and funneled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla army run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, a Mercury News investigation has found.

This drug network opened the first pipeline between Colombias cocaine cartels and the black neighborhoods of Los Angeles, a city now known as the crack capital of the world.
From the introduction to the original Dark Alliance website, August, 1996

The Dark Alliance logo. Jerry Ceppos called it too suggestive.
The investigative journalism series that started it all that changed (or at least, at long last, confirmed) the way all of us think about the war on drugs, the CIA, and U.S. policy toward Latin America has had a troubled life on the Internet.

In August 1996, Gary Webb began publishing the results of a yearlong investigation that traced the money fueling the horrific U.S.-backed contra war against Nicaragua to the profits from Los Angeles 1980s crack epidemic. The CIA led its contra army to spend the entire decade terrorizing the Nicaraguan people and their Sandinista government, happily allowing the contras to flood Los Angeles and other North American cities with cocaine to fund their efforts. Gary provided extensively documented evidence that while poor communities in L.A. paid the price of the crack explosion from rampant addiction in their neighborhoods to oppressive law enforcement and jailing with Reagans stepped-up war on drugs the United States government protected the men moving a great deal of the drugs coming into the city. Local dealers faced life sentences while the bigtime narcos from Washington to Managua went free.

What came next is well known. Garys story, and the website he and the San Jose Mercury News created to showcase and expand upon it, were initially the talk of the global village. Politicians cited the article in both Sacramento and Washington. The CIA launched an internal investigation. Millions of people were visiting the website.

But then the backlash came. The L.A. Times, embarrassed at having missed a major story on its own turf, and the New York Times, happy to follow its colleagues lead in squashing a story that didnt fit with its own narrative, wielded their mercenary pens against him. Rather than follow up on his exhaustive research, the attack dogs on both coasts pulled his work apart and attacked him for things he hadnt even said. Although the CIAs internal investigation would later confirm many of Garys own claims, the paper retracted the story and marginalized Gary to the point where he was forced to quit.
Photo: D.R. 2003 Jeremy Bigwood

Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion
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  -Good thing HRC won't be Dem nominee when Gary Webb movie comes out soon. blm  Apr-30-08 10:19 AM   #0 
  - Sounds like a Rev. Wright conspiracy theory  Larkspur   Apr-30-08 10:21 AM   #1 
  - When the movie comes out, Clinton and her supporters will ask for a 2-minutes hate on Webb  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-30-08 04:38 PM   #60 
     - Nah - they'll have their operatives continue to smear Webb as a fantasist, just as they have  blm   May-02-08 01:00 PM   #97 
  - Wonder if it ties the "War on Drugs" to the "War on Terror".  redqueen   Apr-30-08 10:21 AM   #2 
  - It absolutely does. Does anyone believe Poppy Bush woke up one day in 1993 and decided to STOP  blm   Apr-30-08 10:24 AM   #4 
  - I saw some comedian saying that Bin Laden really hit the towers  redqueen   Apr-30-08 10:34 AM   #8 
  - Why does US-occupied Afghanistan produce 75% of the world's heroin?  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-30-08 04:41 PM   #61 
     - THANK YOU. Those who pretend this isn't happening to keep their faith in the Clintons are  blm   Apr-30-08 04:50 PM   #66 
     - One problem is the public thinks that the government is fighting the drug trade...  AntiFascist   Apr-30-08 11:24 PM   #81 
     - Wanna bet that drugrunning is also STAKING the private military companies run by BFEE  blm   May-01-08 12:24 PM   #90 
     - There is more than one kind of "Democrat" these days, friend. (nt)  redqueen   May-01-08 09:33 AM   #85 
        - Yep - and closed government Dems undermining the open govt. Dems are Bush enablers.  blm   May-02-08 12:32 PM   #94 
  - Two gunshot wounds to the head? That sounds kind of weird  JenniferZ   Apr-30-08 10:23 AM   #3 
  - strange but true  mopinko   Apr-30-08 10:38 AM   #10 
     - The way he was targeted since 1996 by official DC and their operatives in the press corps  blm   Apr-30-08 10:42 AM   #11 
     - probably true.  mopinko   Apr-30-08 11:37 AM   #23 
        - Well you're the one questioning his stability. Occam's Razor suggest otherwise.  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-30-08 04:46 PM   #64 
     - How many botched "suicide" hits have there been? I can't think of many - why pay for a poor product?  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-30-08 04:43 PM   #62 
  - Um, how does one commit suicide by shooting oneself in the head TWICE?  truebrit71   Apr-30-08 10:25 AM   #5 
  - It's possible the first bullet only grazed him, but still  Jed Dilligan   Apr-30-08 03:55 PM   #56 
  - No shit!  truebrit71   Apr-30-08 04:09 PM   #57 
  - He ran into a bullet. Twice.  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-30-08 04:46 PM   #63 
  - It actually does happen some times. When it comes to those who've crossed the BFEE  blm   Apr-30-08 09:14 PM   #79 
     - The possible ways to shoot off more than one:  crimsonblue   Apr-30-08 09:30 PM   #80 
  - Are you saying that Hillary won't be the nominee BECAUSE of this movie?  mtnsnake   Apr-30-08 10:28 AM   #6 
  - Nope - I'm thankful she WON'T be the nominee when this movie comes out BECAUSE  blm   Apr-30-08 10:32 AM   #7 
  - He must've felt very guilty for his "lies" - shot himself in the head - TWICE.  electropop   Apr-30-08 10:34 AM   #9 
  - Because his lies were hateful and un-American, just like Reverend Wright.  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-30-08 04:49 PM   #65 
  - From 2004, a good post at Daily Kos about Webb.  madfloridian   Apr-30-08 10:43 AM   #12 
  - thanks....I remember that.  blm   Apr-30-08 04:33 PM   #58 
  - He was blacklisted for reporting the truth.  Toucano   Apr-30-08 10:43 AM   #13 
  - Well - that's another good reason a Clinton won't be our nominee.  blm   Apr-30-08 10:54 AM   #15 
  - There will be a 2 minutes' hate for anyone who says anything that the system objects to.  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-30-08 04:51 PM   #67 
  - Just saw another documentary "Damage Done" from my PVR off of Free Speech TV earlier...  calipendence   Apr-30-08 10:52 AM   #14 
  - Another good documentary is "American Drug War: The Last White Hope"  redqueen   Apr-30-08 11:03 AM   #16 
  - BET series American Gangster last year covered aspects of Gary Webb's report.  blm   Apr-30-08 11:36 AM   #22 
     - Nice... this doc shows the hearing ...  redqueen   Apr-30-08 11:40 AM   #24 
     - Some CIA won't deny the story anymore but DUers supporting HRC will, or pretend it's not relevant.  blm   Apr-30-08 12:00 PM   #27 
        - Yeah... it used to surprise me.  redqueen   Apr-30-08 12:01 PM   #28 
        - Tells you who they're really working for. BFEE / enablers are an int'l crime syndicate  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-30-08 04:58 PM   #69 
     - I found this synopsis of American Gangster. It's on DVD for $24.95  beachmom   Apr-30-08 12:37 PM   #35 
        - One day this story will EXPLODE in America - and wonder if this movie will do it.  blm   Apr-30-08 12:40 PM   #38 
           - Probably not, unless Brad Pitt plays him.  glitch   Apr-30-08 05:45 PM   #73 
  - If drugs were less expensive, we couldnt use threat of organized crime to suppress inner city anger  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-30-08 04:56 PM   #68 
  - Thanks for posting blm  MagickMuffin   Apr-30-08 11:11 AM   #17 
  - Mark Lombardi's graphic art detailed the vast Bush network and included Clinton, but  blm   Apr-30-08 11:27 AM   #20 
  - Ah yes, Lombardi  MagickMuffin   Apr-30-08 12:29 PM   #32 
     - Yep - Bin Ladens had quite a few deals going thru BCCI, and so did Usama.  blm   Apr-30-08 12:35 PM   #34 
     - For the curious:  RUMMYisFROSTED   May-01-08 09:58 AM   #87 
        - Thanks for posting that. I wish people would could see it blown up for full impact.  blm   May-01-08 11:53 AM   #88 
  - Oh, noes, don't go talking about PROMIS software or Clinton's link....  guyanakoolaid   May-01-08 02:11 AM   #83 
  - We talked about Gary Webb alot here on DU when he died.  Ilsa   Apr-30-08 11:17 AM   #18 
  - Yep - because part of the story is how DC gets OTHER press to help cover up for their operations  blm   Apr-30-08 11:31 AM   #21 
  - .  quantass   Apr-30-08 02:09 PM   #54 
  - Gary Webb's brand of Investigative Journalism  stillcool47   Apr-30-08 11:20 AM   #19 
  - This Movie Carries With It Exactly ZERO Relevance As It Relates To The Election.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-30-08 11:40 AM   #25 
  - Why are events of 1996 that saw the Clinton WH protecting GHWBush on this matter not relevant  blm   Apr-30-08 11:57 AM   #26 
  - Because No One Will Care.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-30-08 12:24 PM   #31 
     - Who WOULDN'T care? People DO care and its one of the reasons HRC is losing right now  blm   Apr-30-08 12:34 PM   #33 
     - No one will care because people are being paid big $$ to massage public opinion. OMC is missing out.  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-30-08 05:07 PM   #71 
     - People weren't supposed to care about corruption either, yet it was the #1 issue for 2006  beachmom   Apr-30-08 12:39 PM   #36 
     - And I 'predicted' that corruption in government would be a huge issue before that election  blm   Apr-30-08 12:42 PM   #40 
     - Still batting a thousand.  haymakeragain   Apr-30-08 12:58 PM   #46 
     - You Think This Will Mean A Damn Thing In The GE? Do You Really?  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-30-08 01:38 PM   #50 
        - Not to people like you, mainly because  haymakeragain   Apr-30-08 01:57 PM   #53 
           - Closed government Democrats creep me out. They don't belong in our party - PERIOD!  blm   Apr-30-08 03:52 PM   #55 
           - Not To Almost Anybody. Try And Get A Grip On Reality When You Get The Chance, K?  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-30-08 04:34 PM   #59 
              - It's amzing how much you sound like  haymakeragain   Apr-30-08 06:55 PM   #76 
              - You Think You Know A Lot Of Things That Turn Out To Not Be True In Reality.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-30-08 07:21 PM   #77 
              - Why? When did drugdealing global terror networks become a nonissue, OMC?  blm   May-01-08 05:31 PM   #93 
     - Let me ask you this, OMC - Do you think voters SHOULD care about this?  blm   Apr-30-08 01:20 PM   #49 
        - As It Relates To Hillary?  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-30-08 01:39 PM   #51 
           - No one should question whether she sides with open government or closed government privilege  blm   Apr-30-08 01:42 PM   #52 
           - Maybe this relates to Hillary...  AntiFascist   Apr-30-08 11:51 PM   #82 
  - Thanks for the heads-up, OPERATION MIND CRIME  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-30-08 05:05 PM   #70 
  - K&R, I don't know if this was covered much in Webb's reporting...  AntiFascist   Apr-30-08 12:04 PM   #29 
  - Yes - Webb fell into the story from the transcripts of narco-terror hearings  blm   Apr-30-08 12:23 PM   #30 
     - Those Kerry hearings make gripping reading:  beachmom   Apr-30-08 12:47 PM   #42 
     - Establishment DC knew Kerry would open these books - and why the powerful elite NEEDED him  blm   Apr-30-08 12:53 PM   #45 
     - also, remember Danny Casolaro and Ng  newspeak   Apr-30-08 12:48 PM   #43 
     - This is interesting...  AntiFascist   Apr-30-08 06:39 PM   #75 
        - BCCI my friend....BCCI.  blm   Apr-30-08 07:23 PM   #78 
  - Two gunshot wounds to the head and that was ruled as a suicide!  Uncle Joe   Apr-30-08 12:40 PM   #37 
  - This guy's so prominent, I've never heard of him (and he bears my family name)  Mezzo   Apr-30-08 12:41 PM   #39 
  - His story is significant enough that a movie will be made. YOU probably didn't know anything about  blm   Apr-30-08 12:45 PM   #41 
  - It's worth learning the story of Gary Webb. Since the powerful corporate media elite sought to  beachmom   Apr-30-08 12:51 PM   #44 
  - What should be of concern to ANY CITIZEN is that government forces can FORCE cooperation  blm   May-01-08 12:36 PM   #91 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-30-08 12:59 PM   #47 
  - K&R!  KoKo01   Apr-30-08 01:01 PM   #48 
  - Any thread that mentions Mark Lombardi and Danny Casolaro should include Steve Kangas  glitch   Apr-30-08 05:35 PM   #72 
  - Thanks for doing so.  blm   Apr-30-08 05:51 PM   #74 
  - Kangas was 'suicided' in Richard Scaife's office building, right?  blm   May-01-08 03:31 PM   #92 
     - Yes. nt  glitch   May-02-08 12:53 PM   #95 
  - .32 Ratshot was used... No ballistic evidence to deal with & scrambles nicely  Boxerfan   May-01-08 08:35 AM   #84 
  - Isn't that how Cliff Baxter from Enron 'commited suicide' too?  blm   May-01-08 11:55 AM   #89 
  - TWO gunshot wounds to the head. Wow, that was some "suicide." One wonders  mistertrickster   May-01-08 09:43 AM   #86 
  - Hell, people won't make the connection  merh   May-02-08 12:58 PM   #96 
     - Well, since Webb's report came out in 1996 and the takedown of him was started then, it would be  blm   May-02-08 02:31 PM   #98 

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